Modesto Bee complies with DA request
DA Marlissa Ferreira has asked the court for a “gag order” on Back Story columnist Warrren Yates.
Yates reported, “Ms. Ferreira used my name in open court requesting a gag order because she was afraid that what was being said even though it is the truth, may taint a possible jury pool. That also makes it sound like she’s confident that defendants will be held to answer, you know something we don’t?”
Judge refuses “gag order”
“As I mentioned earlier in a comment, Dist. Atty. Ferreira complained to Judge Zuniga that I was writing comments regarding this case. She said that my writings were inflammatory and might influence potential jurors if this “case” makes it to trial. I am paraphrasing what she said. She also mentioned to Judge Zuniga that she wants a “gag order “put in place. Judge Zuniga refused a request and told her to file a motion.”
Fear jury pool would be “tainted”
Yates says, “Deputy Dist. Atty. Ferreira is alleging that commenter’s on the Bee’s newspaper articles are somehow in her words, influencing the public perception and may taint the jury pool if this goes to jury trial.
At the last closing session, deputy Dist. Atty. Ferreira used my name in open court and held up something purported to be something I wrote and requested that Judge Zuniga issue a gag order to prevent anyone, particularly myself from giving our perceptions of the proceedings.
As I mentioned in a prior post, I am humbled by the thought that deputy Dist. Atty. Ferreira feels that something I write could possibly influence anyone and sway their opinion regarding this airtight, slam-dunk, gotcha, “it’s in the bag” and “it’s all over but the shouting” case of theirs.
With the tens of thousands of man-hours expended and the hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars if not millions of taxpayer dollars rung up on the coffers of Stanislaus County, I am sure that the taxpayers of Stanislaus County will say “well done, our good and faithful law enforcement servants.”
The defense says, there was a “lack of concern” when the DA handed over their case to the Modesto Bee.